Friday, May 24, 2013

Sunday Night Mac & Cheese

This week the boys at work decided we should all bring dinner in and eat together. It sounds like a good idea until everyone eats way too much and then a foot chase happens and someone throws up... luckily that did not happen today.  Although it has happened before.
 I decided to bring in a more grown up version of mac and cheese and some yummy dessert.  Keep reading if this looks amazing... which it does. Tasted even better.  Dessert was an always classic Peanut Butter Dream Bars, but that's Betty Crockers recipe so you'll have to get it from her. 
(I don't add the nuts, instead I add some peanut butter cups chopped up)
I change the recipe most of the time the way I like it, I would recommend doing that with any recipe if there are things you just don't love about it.  Recipes are never meant to be follow. 

Anyway, on to the Mac & Cheese!

Sunday Night Mac & Cheese
Time: 15 mins prep 25 mins cook
Diffc: Mediano

2 C Elbow Mac & Cheese (obviously I just used whatever I have around and usually the whole package)
1/4 C Flour
1/4 C Butter
1/2 t Salt
1/4 t Pepper
1/2 t Worcestershire sauce
2 C Milk
2 C Shredded Cheese
1/2 C croutons (crushed)
1/2 package of bacon (if you want, but who doesn't want bacon) You could even use left over chicken cut into pieces.

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Cook macaroni as directed on package.
3. In a seperate pan melt butter over low heat.  Once it's melted add the Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper and flour.  Cook over med/low heaat until the mixture is sooth and bubbly.  Remove from heat.
4. Add milk. Put pan back on heat and heat to boiling while constantly stirring.   Boil and stir for about a minute.  Finally, add the cheese. Lower the temp to medium/low and stir to mix everything together. 
5. Drain the macaroni and in the bigger pot mix the sauce and macaroni together. (also this is the time to mix in the cooked bacon/chicken/sausage if you choose to do that)
6. Pour into 2 quart casserole pan.  Top with croutons. Bake 20-25 minutes until golden brown.


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